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  •  Because being critical of both countries' policies (7+ / 0-)

    is impossible. Amirite or amirite?

    Obviously, if one criticizes Russia, they must be a sockpuppet for neocon/neoliberal war crazies--because clearly there are only ever two generic foreign policy options: bomb or not bomb. We'll ignore that you're using a logical fallacy as a rebuttal (appeal to hypocrisy). It really just seems that sometimes the most ideological on the US left are pro "fuck the US no matter what, it's all our fault anyway." It's childish, it's myopic, and it sure as hell isn't a viable foreign policy that appeals to many. Might be why a broad swath of Americans, despite being sympathetic to a lot of leftwing principles, can't stand/is repulsed by the leftwing in this country. It's called tact; you guys should get some.

    •  Who's the leader of the gang? What country (1+ / 0-)
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      and those behind it want to dominate the world, want to be the world's number one and only superpower?
      It's the U.S., not Russia.  There are degrees to consider.

      "Fragmented and confused, we have no plan to combat any of this, but are looking to be saved by the very architects of our ruination."

      by BigAlinWashSt on Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 02:13:16 PM PDT

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      •  It's a curious "empire" (4+ / 0-)
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        that defines itself by crushing empires and dictators, doesn't settle countries it conquers, implements democratic institutions in those, and likes it when its former conquests become prosperous and independent.  Indeed, forgets that it ever conquered them.  And it removes its military voluntarily from conquests.  It's just about the only country whose military regularly gets asked to stay in when it wants to leave.  And the only country which a generation after military involvement is almost universally forgiven by the citizens of the countries affected.

        I'd say the U.S.'s history say it's an anti-empire in the consequences of its actions.   It's unique in world history as such.  In a world without empires its form of power becomes too thin and small and diffuse and lacking in purpose.  But so long as there are empires, it is in demand as counter.  People like you are superficial.

        •  Are you kidding me? Do you know who you're (1+ / 0-)
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          defending, who is behind all this empire?  Like the financial plutocracy, the central banks, the neocons.  What about the PNAC plan, Rebuilding America's Defenses?  What about the 80 regime change operations since WWII?  What about the 20-30 million people fucking killed and the 50 million refugees caused by US wars.  
          People like you are defending the murderous ruling class, not just here in this country.  
          People "forget" the US conquered them, even forgets they killed all their people.  What a bunch of shit.

          "Fragmented and confused, we have no plan to combat any of this, but are looking to be saved by the very architects of our ruination."

          by BigAlinWashSt on Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 03:03:12 PM PDT

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